NAIROBI, Kenya (AP): Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru committed suicide by jumping from a balcony shortly after a domestic dispute involving his wife and another woman, police said Monday. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wanjiru became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in the marathon, finishing in an Olympic-record 2 hours, 6 minutes, 32 seconds. He was 24 when he committed suicide on 16th May 2011.
BANDUNG, Indonesia : On a bright sunny day in January 2011, a 20-year-old rich guy drove his Z4 BMW to the bridge, got out from the car and jumped. He died on the spot. Reason: his parents divorced and his girlfriend left him.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia : Last Friday night, 20th of May 2011, I had to rush an acquaintance of mine to Emergency Room at 9pm for his attempted suicide. His mouth was frothy from drinking a big bottle of facial cleanser. He was 28 years old. Reason : broken up with his girlfriend. Luckily he survived.
According to The Star Online news, The National Suicide Registry Malaysia (NSRM) estimated that between January and August last year, a total of 425 people in Malaysia committed suicide, averaging 60 per month. The suicide rate is so high that government opened a BEFRIENDER hotline for anyone who is depressed. The hotline is tended by professional psychologist and psychiatrist.
When we read such news, it's easy for us to judge that those people who committed suicide are weak and do not have strong faith in their religions.
When two close relatives told me that they wanted to commit suicide, I was speechless. People around me know those two people as independent strong women who lived happy lives, financially secured, had beautiful children, devoted to their religions and did a lot of charity works. So when they told me they wanted to end their lives... I was totally shocked.
Well, we never know what people feel and think.
From the outside we sometimes envy those who have wealths, trophies, beauties, high achievements, perfect families, beautiful houses, fast cars, etc. But we don't actually know what they really feel inside. Some of them are lonely, some are stressed out of having to keep the image, some are scared of being kidnapped, some are sad for not having anybody to love, some just feel empty inside.
Now.. another scenario:
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia : Yvone Foong, diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 in July 2002, she has become deaf in both ears. She was also born with an under-developed left eye. Everyday she is researching on ways to prolong her life. She went thru a lot of surgeries, participated in drug experiments, wrote books and gave a lot of motivational speeches on the NF disease.
BANDUNG, Indonesia : Rheza Christian, diagnosed with Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS), a very rare cancer which resists radiation and chemotherapy. So far nobody has survived this cancer. He was 28 when the doctor told him that he was in Stage 4 on May 2010. He did a lot of researches, tried all kind of medications, participated in experiements, amputated his leg, had his tumours in brain removed, lost movements of his arms, and still determined to fight the cancer and live his live to the fullest. His friends, relatives, and I are inspired by his cheerful attitude. He even said that cancer has taught him a lot of good things about life. He said HE WAS LUCKY to have a lot of people who love and support him.
I always remember what my teacher told me : God will always try us with problems in life. It's up to us whether we want to turn the problems into chaos and blame God, or to solve the problems and make us stronger.
In a lame language : If life gives you shit, you can either swear and blame life (or worse, other people) or you can convert the shit into fertilizer and make profit out of it.
Another good quote I like : If you keep on looking up to the sky, you will fall down into the hole on the ground. But if you keep on looking down to the ground, you will ignore the rains and thunders that might come. Meaning : look up to successful people for motivation & inspiration and look at those who have less to make us appreciate and thankful of what we have.
Of course, it's easier said than done. But at least, let's try.......